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Jane Austen - Author

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.
 
As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

 

Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Jane Austen...

I can't not choose her.  And whichever I've read last is always my favourite.  The nuance of emotion, the understanding of human nature revealed by Austen constantly delights me.  When I reread Sense and Sensibility recently, for the first time Elinor came across as quite prissy and destined to marry a rather spineless husband.  I wonder if that was intended?

Featured books by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2012

'No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes...'  The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2007

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Other books by Jane Austen

Persuasion (Seasons Edition -- Summer)

Persuasion (Seasons Edition -- Summer)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

A fine exclusive edition of one of literature's most beloved stories. Featuring a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping, all titles in this series will be first editions. No more than 10,000 copies will be printed, and each will be individually numbered from 1 to 10,000. He had seen you indeed, before he came to Bath, and admired you, but without knowing it was you. So says my historian, at least. Is this true? Did he see you last summer or autumn, 'somewhere down in the west,' to use her own words, without knowing it to be you? At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer considered young enough for worthy romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What transpires when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. A brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, Persuasion is, above all, a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities. Persuasion (Seasons Edition--Summer) is one of four titles available in June 2020. The summer season will include Jane Eyre, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Wonderland Collection.

Love and Freindship

Love and Freindship

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Jane Austen is remembered for her six masterpieces of the Regency era: from the heroines of Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse to the villains of Mrs. Norris and John Willoughby. But these characters were not born overnight. They sprung from Austen's experiences as a young girl, and many versions of them can be found in the earliest of her writing: her Juvenilia. In the 'History of England', Austen discusses the great kings of England; in 'Lady Susan' (also published in Collins Classics Sanditon), she creates an anti-heroine who cheats her way through high society; and in 'Love and Freindship', a woman looks back on her extremely unfortunate life. Writing on the cusp of literary greatness, Love and Freindship offers a fascinating - and often surprising - insight into a young Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Elizabeth Bennet is Austen's most liberated and appealing heroine, and Pride and Prejudice has remained over most of the past two centuries Austen's most popular novel. The story turns on the marriage prospects of the five daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, and especially on Elizabeth's prejudice against the proud and distant Fitzwilliam Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is a romantic comedy that has been read as conservative and feminist, reactionary and revolutionary, rooted in the time of its composition and deliberately timeless. Robert Irvine's introduction sets the novel in the context of the literary and intellectual history of the period, dealing with such crucial background issues as class relations in Britain, female exclusion from property and power, and the impact of the French Revolution. The introduction and annotations have been expanded and updated for the new edition, and a new appendix of Austen's juvenilia has been added. Key features New appendix with selections from Austen's juvenilia Introduction has been extensively revised and updated to reflect recent scholarship Annotations to the novel have been expanded and revised New cover!

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR code for the free audiobook Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience Includes QR code for a free audiobook

Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR code for the free audiobook Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR code for the free audiobook Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR code for the free audiobook Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR code for the free audiobook Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR code for the free audiobook Adaptations to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience

Jane Austen Children's Stories (Easy Classics)

Jane Austen Children's Stories (Easy Classics)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 25/06/2020

Includes QR codes for the free audiobooks A great way to introduce children to classic literature Beautifully illustrated to attract a younger audience Includes a personal journal and a rarely published title - Love and Friendship

Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen Set

Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen Set

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2020

This complete set of the novels of Jane Austen is now reissued as a shrink-wrapped set with handsome new jackets. Using the definitive text established by R.W. Chapman, with later revisions by distinguished scholars, the set presents the most authoritative and comprehensive edition available - invaluable for students and enthusiasts of Jane Austen's work. Each volume contains notes and appendices, and indexes of characters, and the set is illustrated with a charming selection of early nineteenth-century plates.

Lady Susan, Sanditon and The Watsons

Lady Susan, Sanditon and The Watsons

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

Sanditon

Sanditon

Author: Jane Austen, Juliette Shapiro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Om Illustrated Classics Pride and Prejudice

Om Illustrated Classics Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Jane Austen Boxed Set

Jane Austen Boxed Set

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020